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Ashutosh Gowariker is the director of the 2016 Hindi-language period action drama movie Mohenjo Daro. Produced by Sunita Gowariker for Ashutosh Gowariker Productions and Siddharth Roy Kapur for UTV Motion Pictures. The lead actors are Pooja Hegde and Hrithik Roshan. It also stars Kabir Bedi, Sharad Kelkar, Kishori Shahane and Arunoday Singh in supporting roles. It is a movie based on Mohenjo-Daro, a metropolis of the historic Indus Valley civilization.
Sarman, a young fellow from the Amri settlement who lost his family when he was a child, is the protagonist of the movie when it debuts in 2016 BCE. Sarman is acclaimed as a hero after taking out a crocodile that had been tormenting the fisherman in his area. Durjan, his uncle, declines to give him permission to travel to Mohenjo Daro to sell their family's assets. Hojo and Sarman try to smuggle themselves into the city at night, but Durjan catches them and gives them permission to leave. He offers Sarman a seal bearing an image of a unicorn, which Sarman frequently witnesses in his dreams, and advises him to use it just once in a life-or-death circumstance.
When Sarman arrives in Mohenjo Daro, he discovers that the evil Senate Leader Maham and his son Moonja are in charge of the city. Additionally, he discovers that the unicorn in his dreams is the city's emblem and experiences a strange sense of familiarity with the place. Sarman encourages the farmers to reject the tariffs so that their family members won't go hungry while Maham offers to tax the farmers further while Sarman is engaged in trade. By displaying his uncle's amulet, Sarman enters the upper city and meets Chaani, the Mohenjo Daro temple's chief priest's daughter. Chaani's angelic elegance and allure fascinate Sarman, who develops feelings for her.
The head priest curiously seems to recognise Sarman when they first meet. Chaani explains that she was compelled to get married to Moonja, Sarman's harsh and brutal opponent. When Maham learns that Sarman and Chaani are in love and that Sarman is the instigator of the tax uprising, he dares Sarman to a duel with his two champions, Bakar and Zokar. Maham agrees to Sarman's proposal that Chaani will be freed from her marriage if he wins.
The chief priest tells Sarman the story of Maham's expulsion from Harappa for engaging in illicit trade with the Sumerians the night before their confrontation with Bakar and Zokar. Maham arrived in Mohenjo Daro as a merchant and advanced fast to the position of trade leader. Maham made the decision to build a dam and change the course of the powerful Sindhu River after learning that it contained significant gold reserves. Maham won the vote to construct the dam against opposition from the wise Senate Chief Srujan, who it is later revealed to be Sarman's father. Srujan was falsely accused of gold hoarding and arrested by him. Maham forced Chaani's father and Durjan, Sarman's uncle, to betray Srujan, and the latter was slain as a result.
Srujan was replaced as the Senate Chief by Maham. Sarman must now overcome Maham and exact revenge on his father. Sarman competes against the vicious Tajik mountain cannibals Bakar and Zokhar in the arena outside of the city. He engages the cannibals in a bloody battle, kills one while sparing the other, and the people of Mohenjo Daro rally even more forcefully behind him. Maham, furious, orders Moonja to kill Chaani and the priest. The priest is killed by Moonja, but Sarman kills Moonja and saves Chaani.
Sarman reveals Maham's scheme to defraud the Sindhu of their money and sneak arms from the Sumerians into India. All of the chiefs are currently opposing Maham. Sarman is chosen by the populace to be the new chief, but he asserts that Mohenjo Daro requires a people's governance rather than a chief. When a violent thunderstorm starts to roll in, Sarman realises that the dam will break, flooding the city with the Sindhu River. He mobilises the populace to connect boats with each other to create a floating bridge. After leaving Mohenjo Daro, they cross the river to the other side. Maham, who was chained in the city square, drowns as the dam gives way. The once-famous Mohenjo Daro is no longer there. Sarman calls the river Ganga after seeing the unicorn of his dreams when the survivors start migrating to another river.
The film received mixed reviews, with most people praising Hrithik Roshan's performance and the songs of the movie. It was criticised for having historical inaccuracies which were defended by the director saying that there isn't much information available about the civilisation. It was a box office flop, earning only INR 108 crores on a budget of INR 115 crores.
|Music By||A. R. Rahman|
|Production Company||Ashutosh Gowariker Productions Private Limited|
|Start Date||12 Aug 2016|
|Content Location||Bhuj, Gujarat|
|Country of Origin||India|
|Genre||Period Drama, Action|
|Producer||Siddharth Roy Kapur, Sunita Gowariker|
|Mohenjo Daro Character names||Mohenjo Daro Actors real names|